Catophractes alexandri D.Don

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Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Catophractes kolbeana Harv.
Catophractes welwitschii Seem.
Common names: Trumpet-thorn (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Spiny shrub or very small tree armed with slender straight spines. Leaves in fascicles, sometimes opposite, densely covered in silvery-grey hairs, oblong; margins coarsely dentate or crenate. Flowers axillary, solitary, large and showy, white, sometimes tinged with pink with a long yellowish corolla tube. Fruit a thickly woody capsule, warty, greyish-brown when ripe, splitting to release winged seeds.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In arid scrub, often forming large stands on limestone.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 21 January 2009

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 1009 - 1110. (Includes a picture).

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 29.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 33.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Catophractes alexandri., retrieved 27 October 2016

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